Honeybush Data Sheet

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Honeybush Tea

Botanical Name: Cyclopia Intermedia  


Honeybush is an herbal tea. It is brewed with parts of the honeybush plant and not from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant like a traditional green or black teas. Therefore, honeybush tea is completely caffeine-free.

Health Benefits

Honeybush is most credited as an expectorant, which promotes the expulsion of mucus from the respiratory tract. Honeybush’s lack of caffeine makes it especially suited for nighttime consumption as a calming effect for those who experience nervousness or restlessness, without sedative properties.


Other benefits include:

  • Decreased blood sugar
  • Relief from menopausal symptoms
  • Reduced cholesterol
  • Beneficial effects to boost bone health
  • Provide antioxidants, immune-boosting and cancer-preventative properties

The traditional use of the tea for treating cough may be explained by

its content of pinitol, a modified sugar that is similar to inositol. Pinitol,

named for its major source, pine trees, is also found in the leaves of

several legume plants; it is an expectorant. Pinitol is also being studied for apparent blood-sugar lowering effects, although, it may increase the effects of insulin.


Honeybush also contains flavones, isoflavones, coumestans, luteolin,

4-hydroxycinnamic acid, polyphenols, and xanthones. These ingredients serve as antioxidants and may help lower blood lipids. The isoflavones and coumestans are classified as phytoestrogens, used in the treatment of menopausal symptoms. The flavones and isoflavones of honeybush are similar to those in soy, another leguminous plant, also used in treatment of menopausal symptoms.


It also has a low content of tannins, so it doesn't make a highly astringent tea, which can be a problem with some grades of black or green tea or when ordinary tea is steeped too long.

Precautions

There are no significant side effects reported for honeybush tea. However, before taking any herbal tonic or using any herbal treatment it is always smart to check with your physician to make sure that it does not interfere with your current medications or management of a medical condition.


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Elderberry Data Sheet

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Elderberry

Botanical Name: Sambucus Nigra


Historians generally trace the tradition of the elderberry’s healing power back to Hippocrates, the ancient Greek known as the “father of medicine,” who described this plant as his “medicine chest” for the wide variety of ailments it seemed to cure.


Elderberries are high in flavonoids (rutin, quercetin), terpenes, sambunigrin, sambucine, chlorgenic acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, + Potassium. 

Health Benefits

  • Immune System: Elderberries are particularly rich in anthocyanins. These powerful antioxidants work to keep the immune system strong and resilient. The anthocyanins in elderberries boost the production of cytokines, proteins that act as messengers within the immune system, enhancing the body’s immune response. Cytokines can be both inflammatory or anti-inflammatory depending on what is needed and are released by immune cells either directly into the blood stream or locally into body tissue during an immune response.
    • Elderberries are also believed to contain antiviral agents, compounds so potent they are thought to deactivate viruses. Viruses are unable to multiply on their own and need to get inside a healthy cell to do so. They are coated with something called “haemagglutinin spikes” to help them pierce the cell wall. These viral spikes are also covered with enzymes which the virus uses to break down the cell wall. Elderberries have high concentrations of bioflavonoids which appear to inhibit the action of this enzyme, thus deactivating viruses making them unable to pierce the cell wall and replicate.
  • Colds/Flu: The elderberry is most known for the use of the treatment of colds and flu. The Elderflower is an "anti-catarrhal" herb, meaning it is extremely effective for runny noses and congestion. Anti-catarrhal herbs prevent excess mucous formation and aid in removing mucous and reducing inflammation in the body.
  • Urinary Tract/Bladder Infections: A urinary tract infection is an infection in any part of your urinary system; kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. The most common infections involve the lower system, urethra and bladder. Women are at a greater risk than men for developing an infection. The most common symptoms include: a strong persistent urge to urinate, burning sensation, passing small amounts of urine and pelvic pain. Elderberry tea may bring significant relief from this condition acting as a diuretic as it causes the kidneys to continually flush out toxins while increasing urination. This in turn helps to flush out the bacteria reducing the likelihood of the infection spreading to the bladder and/or kidneys and may also help to reduce its duration. Its anti-inflammatory properties may help to reduce inflammation, potentially reducing the burning and pain that accompanies urination.
  • Allergy Relief: Elderberry’s immunostimulating and anti-inflammatory properties make it a great natural remedy for allergy symptoms. Inflammation of the sinuses, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, swelling and a runny or stuffy nose can all benefit from this potent herb. It is thought to be particularly good for hayfever and strengthening the upper respiratory tract. Elderflower's anti-catarrhal action is also effective in clearing congestion and runny noses caused by seasonal allergies.
  • Digestive Health: The high fiber content of elderberries can help to eliminate constipation, reduce excess gas and generally increase the health of the gastrointestinal system. The dietary fiber contained in these berries can also increase nutrient uptake efficiency, especially in the gut, helping you to get more out of the food that you eat.

Precautions

Do not consume raw berries, can induce vomiting and diarrhea. Can occasionally cause a mild allergic reaction - consult your healthcare professional if you think you are having a reaction. Do not take if pregnant or breastfeeding. Not recommended for children. Consult your healthcare professional if you have an autoimmune condition as elderberry may stimulate the immune system. Do not take if you have had an organ transplant. Consult your doctor if you are taking any medications before using elderberry.


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Rosehip Data Sheet

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Rosehips

Botanical Name: Rosa Canina


This traditional wild berry that has been eaten and used for medicine on three continents for thousands of years. Europe, Asia and North America all have traditions that incorporate Rosehips because of its many antioxidant properties.

Health Benefits

Benefits are thought to be attributed to a series of complex chemicals found in Rosehips in the form of polyphenols and anthocyanins in combination with vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, which helps reduce inflammation and free radical enzymes that break down cartilage in the joints. 


Rosehips are known to be helpful with symptoms associated with:

  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis by reducing pain, stiffness and swelling.
  • Rosehips are also used for stomach disorders including stomach spasms, preventing stomach irritation and ulcers. 

It is also used for:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Gallstones/ailments
  • Lower urinary tract and kidney disorders
  • Fluid retention
  • Gout
  • Back and leg pain/sciatica
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Weight loss
  • High blood pressure
  • Chest ailments
  • Fever
  • Increasing immune
  • Increasing blood flow in the limbs
  • Increasing urine flow
  • Quenching thirst

Precautions

Over indulgence will result in symptoms of detoxification. Symptoms

could include diarrhea and upset stomach.


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Hibiscus Data Sheet

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Hibiscus

Botanical Name: Hibiscus Sabdariffa


Described as one of the most beautiful flowers in the world. Hibiscus

is associated with love, lust, beauty and feminine energy.

Health Benefits

  • Blood Sugar Control: The hypoglycemic properties of hibiscus can be beneficial for those who suffer from blood sugar disorders like diabetes by helping to restore insulin sensitivity.
  • Lowering Blood Pressure and Cholesterol: Hibiscus contains anthocyanin, which is a phenolic compound responsible for cardioprotective health. The anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties can reduce blood pressure and increase urination. It also has antioxidant properties helping to lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol from the body, helping to protect against heart disease and protecting blood vessels from damage.
  • Boosting Immunity: Hibiscus is rich in vitamin C, an essential nutrient required by your body to boost and stimulate the activity of your immune system and help fight harmful bacteria.
  • Antidepressant Properties: Hibiscus contains flavonoids which have antidepressant properties to help to calm down the nervous system, reducing anxiety and depression.
  • Diuretic: It is known to act as a diuretic and a uricosuric substance, increasing the amount of uric acid in the urine in patients with urologic disorders and assisting with the management of kidney stones.
  • Menstrual Pain: The health benefits of hibiscus include relief from menstrual pain. It aids with hormone balance and other symptoms such mood swings and depression.
  • Weight Loss:  Hibiscus extract lowers the absorption of starch and glucose assisting in weight loss. It is effective in reducing obesity and abdominal fat. Hibiscus is found in many weight loss products.

Precautions

  • Diabetes: Hibiscus might decrease blood sugar levels. The dose of your diabetes medications might need to be adjusted by your healthcare provider.
  • Low blood pressure: Hibiscus might lower blood pressure. In theory, taking hibiscus might make blood pressure become too low in people with low blood pressure.
  • Surgery: Hibiscus might affect blood sugar levels, making blood sugar control difficult during and after surgery. Stop using hibiscus at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

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